Friday, 31 October 2008

The Butterfly Effect Rocks Hallam Hotel

Last Wednesday night, Hallam was brought to life by Australian rockers, The Butterfly Effect, as part of their, 'Old Faces, Old Places, New Stories' tour. Performing to a massive crowd of locals, the setlist included many of the band's new songs from their 'Final Conversation of Kings' album, which was released this October (I pre-ordered my SIGNED copy and it was delivered to me!!!).
They didn't disappoint at all, they were just as epic as they were when I saw them at Hi-Fi Bar in August '06.

Clint Boge (vocals) wowed us once again with his amazingly angelic voice, who says artists these days aren't talented?!??!

Of course, they played some of the old favourites too, and I've gotta say, the mosh went OFF when they played One Second Of Insanity!! I was there, right in the front against the barrier only a meter away from one of my favourite bands! Best night ever!!

If you guys haven't listened to their music, or haven't even heard of them, then check them out RIGHT now!!
We have both their latest album 'Final Conversation Of Kings',and previously released album 'Imago' available to reserve and borrow from your local Casey Cardinia Library.

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Art geeks and prom queens

This is a well-set, close to reality type of novel about what a lot of teenage girls want to be-popular. What happens when someone unpopular like Rio Jones gets a chance at it? As her reputation builds higher and higher, there's one thing she didn't realise: there can only be ONE queen.
I recommend this books to teenage girls around the age of 13-18 because this book covers across pretty much everything girls are curious about: popularity, fashion, love, drugs, reputations, friendship, peer pressure and going further in relationships.
By Elena

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Closer to the Truth

I spent an interesting morning at the State Library of Victoria last week. The Centre for Youth Literature had organised 3 fantastic authors to talk about the topic "Closer to the Truth". Melina Marchetta, John Heffernan and Randa Abdel-Fattah discussed their individual approaches to writing, and finding inspiration in the reality of world events. Each author talk was preceded by dramatisation of a short section of the author's book. This was a great way to introduce the books.

Randa talked about her new book Where The Streets Had A Name. This book tells the story of thirteen year old Hayaat who is on a mission for her dying Grandmother. Hayatt believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her grandmother's life. The only problem is the wall that divides the West Bank, as well as the check points, the curfews, the permit system and Hayaat's best friend Samy, who is mainly interested in football and the latest elimination on X-Factor, but always manages to attract trouble.
Randa gave us an overview of the division of Palestine after World War Two and the struggles of Palestinians separated from loved ones and their homeland. This helps us to relate to Hayaat's journey which although short in distance is fraught with danger.

John Heffernan talked about his book Marty's Shadow. John gave us insight into the main character of Marty, a troubled sixteen year old who cares for his younger brother while his father is away. Marty has recurring nightmares and visions which are memories of something terrible that has happened in his past. Marty has to piece these snippets together to solve the mystery and discover what he has blocked from his mind, and face the reality of his past.

Melina introduced us to her new book Finnikin of the Rock which is a fantasy book set in a world of turmoil where an impostor king has taken the throne after the slaughter of the royal family. A curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps. It tells the story of Finnikin and Evanjalin and their journey to return to Lumatere.

Although a fantasy novel Melina compares this book to her other books Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and On Jellicoe Road. She describes the mutual themes of a sense of belonging to a community and the search for identity as themes that are identifiable in all her books.

Question time brought out some interesting differences in the authors and their writing style. John clearly plans out his stories from beginning to end on whiteboards, however Randa and Melina write without plans and let their characters come to life during the writing process. This means that characters often travel in a direction that may be unexpected even to the writer.

It was a great morning. Look out for the Australian Centre for Youth Literature's program in 2009.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The Mighty Boosh

The Mighty Boosh
starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding

Come on a journey through time and space to the world of the Mighty Boosh...
so begins the kookiest television series I've seen but also one of the most refreshing, original and funny ones. The Mighty Boosh has been a cult hit for a while, gently swept under the rug of commercialism adored by few, such as myself. However, recently the third series was shown on SBS and more people have been tuning into this genius. Each series is based in a different environment. The first had the two title characters, Vince Noir and Howard Moon (played by comedians Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt which such frightening sincerity), working at Bob Fossil's Zooniverse. The second, they are living with the shamen Naboo and his gorilla familiar Bollo. The third and most recent sees them all working at the Nabootique.

The plot of the Mighty Boosh is hard to explain but basically each episode sees Vince and Howard embark on an epic adventure to all corners of the earth, with some songs chucked in along the way. There is no recurring plot line (although characters do re-emerge in multiple episodes) but each is as funny as the last. I must admit it is not your usual humour and I know many people who don't like it because it's too weird and they don't get it but that's because they're thinking too hard. If you're up for a bit of obscurity and witty one liners then the boosh is definitely for you.

So sit back and strap yourself in cos the boosh is loose and its coming at ya like a flannel.

Age: 17

Rated M. Moderate coarse language, drug references, sexual references, violence and crude humour.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Hey Hey, It's Esther Blueburger

Hey guys, told you it wouldn't be so long until my next post!

So I watched Hey Hey It's Esther (pronounced Ester) Blueburger, and I've got to say, I was surprised!
I don't really know what I expected, but I guess I was thinking 'standard, lame, teenage girl send you to sleep-vie'. But this film really has everything, from absolutely random humour, to heartfelt emotion, and it has the power to appeal to a wide age group.

Main character Esther (played by Danielle Catanzariti) struggles to deal with her Jewish family, and at school, she is an outcast who is teased by all of the popular girls. She wants so badly to be different, to be better than just 'normal', but she also wants to fit in. She meets a girl called Sunni, who is the coolest kid in town without even trying. Sunni takes Esther on a a rollercoaster ride/quest to become cool and different, and noticed.

Like I said, along the way there are many laughs, and just as many surprises. It is easy to see why this film was selected for three different film festivals worldwide.

Take a chance of Blueburger, I guarantee you'll enjoy it.
Order a copy at your closest library now!


Thursday, 16 October 2008

Rocktober in Movember

Here's the latest news from our friends at Cardinia. Thanks Carrolyn!!

Here's a chance to check out some great bands in a safe, supervised setting. Check out The Rose Line, Common Thread, The Invitation, Picture Perfect Skys, and Click on Colour. For Ages 13+

Friday 7 November 2008

Pakenham Hall
Corner John and Henry streets
Pakenham (Melway ref: 317 E8)

Cost: $8 with pass; $10 without pass

For more information or discount pass contact Youth Services 1300 787 624
or email

For young people aged 13 years and over. A fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free event.
No passouts. Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry. People affected by drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on the premises.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

New Music at Your Library!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been away for so long, but I've been busy listening to heaaaaaaps of brand new CDs that I borrowed from the library!
Here's my top 3 for October, bring on summer!!

3. Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

Yes, I know the name's a bit weird, It's Icelandic actually, as that's where the band is from. Sigur Ros are different, let me say that now! Listening to them is almost like listening to the Original Score from a movie like Lord Of The Rings. Some of the tunes are really emotional, and most are very hummable, and because they aren't in English, it doesn't matter if you don't know the words!! Very soothing, great to listen to while prepping for exams!

2. Death Cab For Cutie -Narrow Stairs

Now Death Cab are a cool, indie style group, with some really mellow tunes! I find them great to chill out to on a hot day, when the sun is creating haze over the horizon. They're great at creating atmosphere. Personal favourites on this album are 'Cath' and 'I Will Possess Your Heart'. If you like this, check out another of their albums 'The Photo Album'.

1. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

...and finally #1!! This CD is heavy. So don't think that you'll be relaxing to this baby! This disc includes a variety of numbers by various 'metal/goth/whatever you want to call them' bands. It also features 'Nemo', a song by Nightwish, that has been my sister's message alert tone on her phone for TOO LONG! Hahaha. It's a great song though, and I find that these CDs are a great way of discovering new bands that are in a similar style to others.

All of these CDs and many many more are available to order and borrow at your closest library today, or if you like you can even put one on hold over the internet by yourself!

Hope you guys enjoy, and I'll be back with another post before too long!

Friday, 10 October 2008

The Host

Leaving vampires behind, Stephenie Meyer has released a novel that is more Sci fi than fantasy. The Host is described as "blending science fiction and romance." I've included the publishers blurb to suck you all in. If you've read the book please add your comments. I'd love to hear from you!

"Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love."

Check out this clip from YouTube as Stephenie talks about The Host. This clip is from

Friday, 3 October 2008


"Right Book, Right Time: 500 Great Reads For Teenagers" By Agnes Nieuwenhuizen.

A great book, full of must reads recommended by Agnes Niewenhuizen - formerly of the State Library of Victoria and well known in library land.

It's separated into interesting themes, such as 'been and gone', 'extreme and edgy' and 'in praise of pink books' by Lili Wilkinson of 'Inside a Dog' fame and author of 'Scatterheart'.
Each entry not only has a title and author of course, but also reading levels, Y - younger readers, YA - young adult and A - adult, a substantial sized review and a picture of the cover which I think is really useful. There are other extra tidbits as well throughout the book.

Well worth picking up and having a look. It's a must-have guide to what to read next.

:) julie@pakenham.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Dirt Action Review!

Dirt Action is a truly wonderful magazine. The team, headed by Scott Bishop and Stephen Tuff provide the readers with a comical but honest review of motorbikes, parts and accessories. the team also manages to squeeze in updates on recent events and reviews of some of the biggest motorbike meetings in Australia.

Personally I believe Dirt Action to be one of the most informative dirt bike magazines around today. I really like their tech tips because they help me overcome things that are troubling my motorbike. I enjoy coming to the library on my holidays to borrow a stack of their Dirt Action magazines which I will often read more than once.

Well there you have it, a short but sharp review of the magazine Dirt Action. I hope all you dirt bike fans out there pick up one of their magazines... if you can read, but if not still pick one up because it is an awesome picture book with great action photo's and some awesome bikes.

Reviewed By:
Jac Sibrava.
16 and counting...

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